Marcel Antoine Nader, 36, of Junction City, KS, formerly of Marina, California, left his earthly vessel March 25, 2020. A private burial at Highland Cemetery of Junction City is to take place on April 6th 2020. Johnson Funeral Home of Junction City, Kansas is assisting the family.
He was born on April 4, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon to Antoine and Nada (Chouairy) Nader and was then registered in his father’s village of Kobayet.
Marcel grew up in Bourj Hamoud, Beirut, Lebanon. After his high school graduation, he continued his education getting a degree in MIS at CIT 2004, then served in the Lebanese Army from 2004-2005.
Marcel married Angie on October 12, 2005 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He accepted her son, River, as his own and they began their life as a family in Dora, Beirut, Lebanon.
Marcel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 on his 23rd birthday and began treatment.
His family left Lebanon July 22 2006 during the war in Lebanon and immigrated as a refugee to San Jose, California. He continued his medical treatments at Stanford Cancer Center. Marcel endured multiple chemotherapy and radiation treatments and 2 Bone Marrow transplants. After exhausting all medical options, he was declared untreatable, but then miraculously recovered.
Marcel worked in the locksmithing industry throughout his health issues. He moved his family to Marina, California and purchased the local locksmith shop, renaming it Techno Lock Marina. His local small business supported its community by providing 10 volunteer hours a week to local nonprofits. The volunteer work included a seat on the board of the Marina Chamber of Commerce as well as assisting local youth through the Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.
He proudly became a citizen of the United States of America on November 15th 2018.
Marcel reluctantly closed his locksmith shop at the recommendation of his cardiologist when he was diagnosed with multiple health issues due to the prior treatments he received. A 6-month personal sabbatical allowed him to spend time with family and friends in his birth country of Lebanon, celebrate his cousin Mirna’s engagement, and take a trip to Egypt. His wife and son supported this decision fully knowing, that due to his health issues, it may be the last opportunity he’d have to travel. Upon returning to USA, Marcel returned to California to complete medical treatments. One month later he returned to his family to begin a much slower, quieter life in Junction City Kansas.
Marcel was a family man who always put his family’s needs ahead of his own. When his family had a desire, he worked miracles for them. He took his family on yearly vacations, camping trips, and to Disneyland. As a family they explored most of the north and southwestern states through road trips. Additionally, he provided his family multiple solo vacations such as trips to Hawaii and the Philippines. He also sent his wife on multiple trips to visit out of state relatives. Even though Marcel would have loved of join in these vacations, he was always selflessly working to provide his family with a good life. He was a perfect example of a loving husband and father.
Marcel spent his final days trout fishing at Moon Lake on Fort Riley with his son, surprising his wife with fresh coffee each morning, playing League of Legends, and binge watching “Supernatural”, “Vikings”, and “NCIS”.
He was known for his love of the outdoors and traveling, but most of all his love for his very large family and friends that expand continents.
He will be dearly missed.
Marcel is survived by his loving family: wife Angie Nader of Junction City, KS formerly of Marina, CA; son River and wife Hazylle of Junction City, KS; grandson Bodhi River; his parents Antoine and Nada (Chouairy) Nader of Bourj Hamoud, Beirut, Lebanon; brothers, Joseph and wife Silvana Nader, Dany Nader, Niece Chloe and a host of loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, his beloved brother Elie, and beloved cousin Nicholas.
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